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Addiction

Recovery Group for Veterans and Service Members

A support group for veterans and/or active-duty service members.

What: This is a recovery group for veterans and service members interested in reducing or discontinuing their use of alcohol and/or other drugs. Abstinence from all substances is not a requirement. This is a treatment group requiring attendance of at least 8 consecutive sessions.

When: This group is held on Tuesdays from 10:00 am-11:15 am.

Where: This group meets virtually.

Contact: Dr. Rene' Lento, and Kathleen Dunford, LICSW. For registration or information, call Home Base at 617-724-5202.

First-time attendees, please call to schedule a phone intake


See group psychotherapy listings on the Mass General West End Clinic website.

AIDS/HIV

Women with HIV

Support for women living with HIV

What: A membership group of women patients of Cox 5 who meet monthly to offer mutual support to others living with HIV.

When: This group meets virtually via Zoom every 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 12pm to 1:30pm.

Where: This group is currently closed for new members. Please call for more information. 

Contact: Kalina Sabeva, LICSW at 617-724-0050.

This group is organized by the Social Service Department.

Bereavement

Bereavement Support Group

Open to patients and employees of the Mass General and Mass General Brigham community

What: This 8-week group is for people who have experienced the death of a loved one within the past year and a half. Open to patients, employees, and their families.

When/Where: This group will meet virtually using Zoom on Thursdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. Please call for more information.

Contact: For any questions, to make a referral, or to schedule a pre-group screening interview, please contact the group leader, Carol McSheffrey, LICSW, at 617-724-5301 (cmcsheffrey@partners.org) or Ellen McCarthy, LICSW at 339-645-9997 (emccarthy23@mgh.harvard.edu).

This is a billable mental health group. Please check to see if your insurance covers group therapy.

This group is offered by the Social Service Department.


Club STAR: Sharing Together and Remembering

A bereavement support group for children and teens

What: This group is for children and teens in kindergarten through senior year of high school and their parent/caregiver who are grieving the death of a parent or sibling. The group provides opportunities to share experiences, create projects, and participate in memory making activities. There is a special group for parents/caregivers. This is a membership group, but new members are welcome at any time.

When: The group meets the first Wednesday of the month from October through June 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: The group is currently running via Zoom. 

Contact: Please call Hillary D'Amato, CCLS at (617) 643-9276 or mghclubstar@partners.org for more information or to register.

*Dinner and parking reimbursement are provided.

This group is offered by the Mass General for Children Child Life and the Social Service Departments.

Cancer

For additional workshops and supports see the Cancer Center's Workshops & Support Groups page.

Brain Tumor Support Group

For brain tumor patients and their families

What: This is a support and psycho-educational group for individuals with brain tumors. Group members' family members are also welcome to attend. 

When: The group meets virtually on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 12:00-2:00PM, except on holidays.

Where: Online (Zoom)

Contact
: Interested participants, please contact Nova Hodge, LICSW at 781-487-6251 for additional details


Conversations in Challenging Times

Group for parents of children receiving cancer treatment at the Pediatric Oncology unit at Mass General for Children

What: This is a virtual group that currently meets monthly (has been more frequent over the past year) to provide a space to discuss issues of concern amongst parents, gain support and camaraderie from each other as well as information on issues pertinent to caring for a child with cancer in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: Group meets generally the 3rd Tuesday of the month on zoom from 4:00 – 5:00 PM (there are times when dates or time is amended, or a specific program is added)

Where: Virtual

Contact: Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, OSW-C  617-724-0757 or elevinrussman@partners.org

Offered by Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Mass General for Children.


Couples Living with Advanced Cancer Support Group

What: This group is a support group for couples living with advanced care who seek encouragement and comfort from others who share a common experience.

When: The group is virtual and meets weekly on Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:15pm. The group is limited to 6 couples and is currently open for new members. Preference given to MGH patients, but others may inquire.

Contact: Please contact Nova Hodge, LICSW, for more information. MGH Cancer Center-Waltham, 781-487-6251.


Gentle Yoga with Luba for Cancer Patients

What:  Please join us for a virtual one hour gentle yoga class with Luba Zagachin, yoga instructor at the MGH Cancer Center. Newcomers, please check in 10 minutes early to meet Luba. 

When: Wednesdays AND Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00am

Contact: Please email lzagachin@mgh.harvard.edu for the meeting information


Gentle Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients

What: This virtual yoga class will focus on upper body strength, flexibility and range of motion for breast cancer patients.  All are welcome.   Newcomers, please check in ten minutes early to meet Luba.

When: Wednesdays from 11:30am – 12:30pm

Contact: Please email lzagachin@mgh.harvard.edu for the meeting information


The Lung Cancer Forum 

The Lung Cancer Forum is a monthly, interactive educational series by medical experts on a variety of topics related to lung cancer, designed for lung cancer patients, survivors, loved ones, caregivers, and health care professionals. 

What: Supported by experts in thoracic surgery, oncology, and other medical fields, the Lung Cancer Forum expands support services and improves the quality of life for patients and survivors through education, conversation, and coordinated action. We strive to raise awareness about lung cancer, ease stigma associated with the disease, and to provide support and empowerment to patients and their families. 

When: The Lung Cancer Forum is held on the second Monday of every month from 6:30-8:00 pm EST via Zoom. Registration is required for the event to receive the Zoom link, but attendance is not mandatory. Please visit this link to register: https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=3T3PH9FKLH 

Where: The Lung Cancer Forum is held virtually via Zoom. In order to protect the safety and privacy of our members, the Zoom link is not public. You must register to receive the link. 

Contact: Lung Cancer Forum Coordinator: Jacob Hurd (617) 726-1967 Lung Cancer Forum Inbox: wlcpforum@partners.org

This group is offered by the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Thoracic Surgery


Lung Cancer Support Group

Drop-in support group for those living with lung cancer. 

What: A drop-in support group for patients with lung cancer and other thoracic cancers. The group's purpose is to provide a place for patients to be supported as they cope with the demands of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
Contact: 
For more information, please contact Natasha Johnson at 617-726-1045

This group is offered by the Social Service Department.

This group is currently not running due to COVID-19.


Music Therapy for Relaxation

What: Led by the MGH Music Therapy Department, this drop-in virtual group explores music techniques that can help us tune into the present moment and increase relaxation. Group activities may include live music listening, guided meditation with music, gentle singing/humming, and music & art making. Open to MGH cancer patients and families.

When: Mondays from 10:00am – 10:40am

Where: This group meets on Zoom

Contact: For Zoom Meeting info email Hannah Shefsky, MA, MT-BC  HSHEFSKY@mgh.harvard.edu


Music Therapy for Wellness 

What: Led by the MGH Music Therapy Department, this drop-in virtual explores how music can relieve stress, shift our mood and energy, and reduce isolation. Group activities may include learning and singing uplifting songs, music & movement, group songwriting, and lyric discussion. No prior music experience necessary. Open to MGH cancer patients and families.

When: Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm

Where: This group meets on Zoom

Contact: For Zoom Meeting info email Hannah Shefsky, MA, MT-BC  HSHEFSKY@mgh.harvard.edu



SPOHNC BOSTON

Support for people with oral, head and neck cancers

What: It's a support group for people with oral, head, and neck cancer. 

When
: This group meets one day every other month from Noon to -1:30 PM, September-June.

Where
: Mass. General, Boston (Currently meeting virtually via Zoom)

Contact
: Valerie Hope Goldstein at fernval@aol.com for more information. 

This group is a local chapter of the national group Support for People with Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer


Mass General patients may contact our Oncology Resource Specialist at 617-724-0295 for additional cancer-specific support group information.

The Mass General Cancer Center provides additional cancer related support and educational services. Also see the Cancer Center's Workshops & Support Groups page.

Cardiac
No groups currently available. Please check-back for updates.
Caregiver

 No groups currently available. Please check-back for updates

Developmental Disabilities

Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) Gay Men's Group

What: A place for gay men in the AANE community to share thoughts and experiences with other gay men on the spectrum.

When: The group meets every other Monday of each month, excluding holidays. 

Where: This group is currently meeting online.

Contact: 617-393-3824 ext. 32

Please register before attending. To register online, visit http://www.aane.org/events-overview/events-for-adults/ and scroll to this listing.

Diabetes

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

For Mass General patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

The Diabetes Self-Management Education program offers a comprehensive education program for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics and their family/friends who support them.

For more information, please visit: http://www.massgeneral.org/endocrinology/diabetes/treatments-and-services/dsme

Domestic Violence
De Mujer a Mujer (Woman to Woman)

Group is Spanish-speaking, free and confidential

What: A 6-week Spanish language group for women who have experienced abuse and control in their intimate relationships. The program is designed to help Latina women better understand domestic violence specifically as it pertains to them as a cultural group. The group is facilitated by HAVEN advocates. Groups are held at various times during the year.

When
: Groups are held at various times during the year. Please call if interested.

Where
: Mass General Chelsea

Contact
: Call HAVEN at Mass General Chelsea: 617-887-3513

This group requires a pre-group screening interview.

This group is offered by the HAVEN Program.


HAVEN Support Groups

Groups are held at different times during the year, in English and Spanish. Groups are free and confidential.

What: HAVEN runs several short-term support groups and workshops. The goals are to break isolation, provide information and connection to community resources and provide a supportive network between women with common experiences of abuse and control by an intimate partner.

When
: Groups are 90 minutes, held at various times during the year. Please call for meeting times.

Where
: Groups are held in Boston on the main campus and at the Revere and Chelsea Health Centers.

Contact
: Call the HAVEN program line for more information, 617-724-0054.

A brief screening interview is required for membership.

This group is offered by the HAVEN Program.


HAVEN Intimate Partner Abuse Topic-focused Workshops

For anyone who has been or is currently in an abusive or controlling relationship

What: HAVEN provides two part topic focused workshops covering such issues as "Impacts of Abuse on Children," "Life after Abuse," and "Mindfulness."

When/Where
: Time, location and topics vary so please contact HAVEN at 617-724-0054 for more information.

Contact
: HAVEN advocate at 617-724-0054

This group is offered by the HAVEN Program.

Eating Disorders
No groups currently available. Please check-back for updates.

 

Gastro-intestinal

Unfortunately no groups running at this time. Please check back.

 

 

LGBTQ

Spectrum: An LGBTQ Therapy Group

Gain support and insight around living as an LGBTQ adult

What: We will work together to better understand ourselves and our relationships with others as we address intimacy, compassion, shame, and self-esteem.

When: Wednesdays 4:30- 5:30 pm

Where: This group is currently meeting virtually on Zoom.

Contact: Call Dan Drolet at 617-643-8066 for an intake

Please note there is currently a waitlist for new members. (4/22)


Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) Gay Men's Group

What: A place for gay men in the AANE community to share thoughts and experiences with other gay men on the spectrum.

When: The group meets every other Monday of each month, excluding holidays. 

Where: This group is currently meeting online.

Contact: 617-393-3824 ext. 32

Please register before attending. To register online, visit http://www.aane.org/events-overview/events-for-adults/ and scroll to this listing.

Mental Health

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at MGH (DBSA-Boston)

What: A drop-in peer facilitated support group for individuals with mood disorders as well as their family and friends. 

When: This group meets every Thursday from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Support Groups are being offered virtually. Current information is posted online at www.dbsaboston.org.

Contact: For more information, please contact: DBSA-Boston at 617-855-2795, or see www.dbsaboston.org

This group is sponsored by the Mass General Hospital Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance-Boston.



Revere Support Group for Depression and Bipolar Disorder

What: A support group for people with depression or bipolar disorder. The group size is approximately 6-12 people.

When: Tuesdays from 6:15 - 7:45pm. Newcomers should arrive at 6:00pm.

Where: This group currently meets on Zoom. The Zoom link can be found at Dbsarevere.org

Contact: Dana at 617-459-7400 or dbsarevere@gmail.com.


SMART Program: Stress Management and Resiliency Training

For Mass General patients who have chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and stress related disorders.

What: An 8-week group program that provides skills to more effectively cope with depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and other concerns that frequently accompany medical issues and stress related illness. There is a strong emphasis on the benefits of relaxation and meditation in managing health concerns and becoming mindful of how thoughts impact feelings and symptoms. The group also helps patients increase resiliency and positive communication with providers, family members, and significant people in their lives.

When: Occurs three times a year. Please call for more information and for specific dates.

Where
: MGH-Mental Health Revere Health Care, 300 Ocean Ave., Revere, MA

Facilitated by
: Miriam Nelson Oliver, LICSW

Contact: Call 781-485-6100 for more information

This group is offered by the MGH Healthcare Center Revere Mental Health Department
First priority enrollment is for MGH Revere patients, however patients with MGH PCP are welcome to inquire.

Group planning to begin again in summer or fall of 2022. 


Visit the Group Psychotherapy Center home page.

Neurological Disorders

Mass General Brain Aneurysm/AVM Support Group

For people diagnosed with a brain aneurysm or AVM, survivors, family members and friends. 

What : This is a free open discussion format group, mixed with a variety of speakers from different departments including social work, speech pathology, neurosurgery, neurology,, occupational health and psychiatry. 
When
 : The group meets virtually via Zoom the first Tuesday evening of  every month from 6:00PM to 7:30 PM. Visit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation Website for accurate dates/times and speakers for the monthly meetings. 
Where
 : Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (currently virtual)
Contact
 : Dorothy Booth, RN at dbooth1@partners.org or Amanda Scott, NP at acscott@partners.org 


Contact
: Dorothy Booth, RN at dbooth1@partners.org or Amanda Scott, NP at acscott@partners.org

Pain Management

SMART Program: Stress Management and Resiliency Training

For Mass General patients who have chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and stress related disorders.

What: An 8-week group program that provides skills to more effectively cope with depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and other concerns that frequently accompany medical issues and stress related illness. There is a strong emphasis on the benefits of relaxation and meditation in managing health concerns and becoming mindful of how thoughts impact feelings and symptoms. The group also helps patients increase resiliency and positive communication with providers, family members, and significant people in their lives.

When: Occurs three times a year. Please call for more information and for specific dates.

Where
: MGH-Mental Health Revere Health Care, 300 Ocean Ave., Revere, MA

Facilitated by
: Miriam Nelson Oliver, LICSW

Contact: Call 781-485-6100 for more information

This group is offered by the MGH Healthcare Center Revere Mental Health Department. First priority enrollment is for MGH Revere patients, however patients with an MGH PCP are welcome to inquire.

Group planning to begin again in summer or fall 2022

Parenting

No groups currently available. Please check-back for updates.

Pediatrics

See Bereavement and Developmental Disabilities sections above

Pulmonary

Boston Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group 

Support group for patients with pulmonary fibrosis, with discussion and speakers for education.

What: Our group meetings are designed for patients AND caregivers to offer support for daily life with pulmonary fibrosis. We want to share our experiences, suggestions, and our complaints.

When: This group meets on Thursdays at 11:00AM . No formal membership is required; come when you can.

Where: This group meets virtually on Zoom. Please see: https://www.ildcollaborative.org/community-meetings

Contact: Katharine Black, MD, kblack1@patrners.org, 617-643-7468, or Aliaa Barakat at aliaa@ildcollaborative.org

Smoking Cessation

Living TOBACCO-FREE:  Smoking Cessation

Open to MGH patients and non-MGH patients

What: Quit-Smoking Coaches offer free one-on-one coaching for patients interested in quitting or talking about quitting smoking or other forms of tobacco. Coaching is available in English, Spanish and Russian.

Where: Coaches see patients at multiple health center locations:

  • MGH Revere HealthCare Center
  • MGH Broadway Primary Care-Revere
  • MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center
  • MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
  • MGH Everett Family Care

When:  Hours vary by location.  

Support groups:  Please call us to find out if we are currently offering support groups.

Contact: Living TOBACCO-FREE:  781-485-6210.

These services are provided by MGH Community Health Associates

Transplant

Lung Transplant Support Group

Pre- and post-lung transplant patients and families

What: Support to facilitate adjustment to transplant/chronic illness and information about the lung transplant process.

When
: This ongoing drop-in group is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM.

Where
: This group meets on Zoom. Please reach out to the group contact before each meeting to get the zoom ID number for the group..

Contact
: Bonnie Mullins, LICSW,CCTSW at 617-726-2609.

This group is offered by the Social Service Department.